Class of 2020 the 100th class to graduate from Central Catholic

Press Staff Writer

        Central Catholic High School’s Class of 2020 is the 100th class to graduate from the school.  Although the traditional graduation ceremony scheduled for May 18 was canceled due to COVID-19, this year’s seniors will still be honored with a blended virtual and in-person ceremony. 
        The senior honors assembly, Baccalaureate Massshelby, and graduation ceremony will be combined into one virtual event which will “air” on Monday, May 25 at 7 p.m.  All seniors, their families, extended families, and friends will be able to watch the event online at the same time. Each senior’s name and video will be shown, along with a list of accomplishments and their future plans after graduation.
        Valedictorian Janaya Harris, of North Toledo, is the first African-American female valedictorian in Central Catholic’s 100-year history.  She is an Irish Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society, the crew team, and the Quiz Bowl team.  She plans to attend the University of Chicago to major in biochemistry and would like to pursue a career in scientific research.
        Salutatorian Brent Matus, of Millbury, is an Irish Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society and the baseball team and has been involved in Central Catholic’s mentoring program. He is receiving the OHSAA Scholar Athlete Award and a CCHS leadership award.  He will attend Ohio State University to major in mechanical engineering.
        Heritage Speaker (tied for third in the class) Carter Fouty, of Oregon, played football for the Fighting Irish. He signed a letter of intent to play football for the United States Air Force Academy.  He is an Irish Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society.
        On Sept. 20, Central Catholic’s Centennial Celebration, honoring a century of graduates, will take place on campus.  All members of the Class of 2020 will be invited to return to this event to be recognized. 
Novin earns medical degree
        Shannon N. Novin of Curtice, received a doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) degree from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at the college’s April 18 degree conferral.
        The daughter of Deborah and Raymond Novin, a 2010 graduate of Clay High School, earned a B.S. in exercise science from the University of Toledo in 2014.
        After graduation, Dr. Novin will begin a residency in family medicine at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Michigan.
Cedarville grads honored
        Cedarville University celebrated 2020 graduates on May 2 with an online Class of 2020 Senior Celebration. A commencement celebration will full regalia will be held Homecoming Weekend Oct. 2-3.
        Mckenzie Brittenham, of Millbury, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical.
        Mason Hecklinger, of Millbury, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Management.
        Sarah Sanders, of Genoa, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education.
Phi Beta Kappa inductees
        Ohio Wesleyan University inducted new members into its Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa during a virtual ceremony May 8.
        Kennedy Sattler, of Oregon and Lauren Mangold, of Walbridge were among the inductees.
        Nationwide, only 10 percent of all U.S. colleges and universities have Phi Beta Kappa chapters, and each of the 290 chapters selects only 10 percent of its graduates to join annually through a highly selective, merit-based invitation process.
Phi Kappa Phi
        University of Toledo students Benjamin Netry, of Curtice; Breanna Coffman, of Genoa, and Brandi Smith, of Pemberville were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.
        McKendree University: Ryan Paul, of Woodville.
        Tiffin University: Shannon Hitch, Antoniette Lozano, Michael Smith, of Oregon; Megan Brosnan, of Northwood;
Megan Silford, of Curtice; Lucas Davis, of Elmore; Blake Traver, of Genoa; Brian Barnett, of Helena; Justina Casiano, of Luckey; Lucas Seal, of Martin; Kalyn Brown, of Millbury; Kelly Biggert, of Oak Harbor;
Kennedy Sattler honored
        Kennedy Sattler of Oregon, was honored April 23 at Ohio Wesleyan University's 16th annual Dale J. Bruce Scholar-Athlete Awards celebration.
        The virtual event recognized Battling Bishop athletes from Ohio Wesleyan's 25 varsity sports for their academic and athletic successes during the 2019-2020 school year.
        Sattler, who competed on the Battling Bishop softball team, earned the Top 50 Academic Award.
Ohio Wesleyan graduates
        Two local residents were among Ohio Wesleyan University’s Class of 2020 graduates.
        Lauren Mangold, of Walbridge, graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She majored in History.
        Kennedy Sattler, of Oregon, graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Sattler majored in Politics & Government and Pre-Law.
        The university was unable to hold a ceremony on campus and has recognized the new graduates with a "Celebrating the Ohio Wesleyan Class of 2020" video available on its YouTube channel.
Academic honors
        Capital University: Allison Roach, of Northwood; Taylor Adams, of Woodville.
        Tiffin University: Grey Mathena, of Toledo; Alyssa Huffman, Kimberly Nagle, Michael Smith, Rachael Steinbrecher, Shannon Hitch, of Oregon; Adam Lemke, of Elmore; Madeline Schuessler-Recker, of Genoa; David Crowe, of Helena; Allison Abke, of Pemberville;
Ashland graduates
        Amy Adams, of Oregon, received a Master of Education degree from Ashland University following spring semester classes. Adams majored in Educational Leadership Studies.
        Tyler Sievert, of Graytown, received a Bachelor of Science degree. A 2015 graduate of Oak Harbor High School, he majored in Exercise Science, graduating with summa cum laude honors.
Leigh earns State FCCLA Degree
        Shelby Leigh, a member of the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) program and senior at Oak Harbor High School, received her State FCCLA Degree at the virtual state FCCLA meeting on May 8.
        The state degree is the highest degree that a member may receive; only 11 members earned the degree this year. 
        The Oak Harbor FCCLA Program is a satellite program of Penta Career Center.
Savage hires students for internship program
        Savage and Associates has hired four college students to join the advisor internship program this summer. The program provides formal training, access to mentors, opportunity to acquire professional licenses and other valuable experiences.
        Program participants include:
        • Cody Bartels – Bowling Green State University, majoring in finance.
        • Lauren Hehl-Myers –Bowling Green State University, majoring in finance.
        • Kirby McLoughlin –University of Toledo, majoring in finance.
        • Lily Powell –University of Toledo, majoring in finance and professional sales.
        Students interesting in learning about the advisor internship program should contact Liz Harmon, practice development and recruitment coordinator at Savage and Associates at 419-725-7211 or


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